PLANO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will begin construction on a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family center this week as part of a $3.9 million expansion project aimed at meeting growing healthcare needs in Collin County and surrounding areas.
A welcome lounge with comfortable seating and a coffee bar is included among a number of new amenities.
“Texas Health Plano has the only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit in Collin County, providing the highest level of care available to the smallest and most critically ill patients,” said Fraser Hay, president of Texas Health Plano. “We know with this designation comes greater responsibility and demand for service. The new family center will not only allow us to care for the smallest babies but also their families.”
Texas Health Plano already has a significant NICU that draws patients from the region. In 2022, there were 406 NICU admissions. This expansion is specifically designed to help the families of infants who will spend several days or months receiving specialized care. Texas Health Plano will have a total of 43 NICU beds, including two rooms dedicated for twins and triplets.
- Private, spacious hotel-style rooms to accommodate overnight stays
- A total of seven rooms: five single rooms, one room to accommodate families of twins and another for triplets
- A welcome lounge with comfortable seating and coffee bar in close proximity
- Laundry facilities
- Refrigerator and milk storage refrigerators in each room
- In-room televisions with pillow speakers and free movie channels
- Special sinks designed to accommodate bathing an infant
- Special noise reduction flooring and a partitioned area away from main NICU traffic
“Having a baby in the NICU is hard on the family. Our hope is to make their stay a little easier and feel more like home,” said Jessica Reese, M.S.N., R.N., RNC-NIC, NICU nurse manager at Texas Health Plano. “This new space will help families who are preparing to go back home, but it will also give families the privacy to spend time with infants who require end-of-life care.”
The project, supported by contributions from donors, is slated to be completed this fall.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.